Aidan is a young man who is currently experiencing financial hardship; however, it became apparent in the interview that he may not quite realize that he is personally experiencing poverty.
In his interview, Aidan describes someone experiencing poverty in terms of physical characteristics — “you don’t have good clothes, and sometimes you can be really skinny and, uh, beat-up looking.” We find that this is common among the children we interview. They may not grasp the concept that their family is experiencing poverty, and they understand poverty from a physical point of view. On the other hand, his older brother, Gavin, shares an intimate look at his poverty experience. As a teenager, he understands more that he is personally affected by poverty, even though Aidan may have yet to realize and fully grasp this concept.
Aidan also shares that bullying is an issue for people experiencing poverty because they may not have nice things and be made fun of.